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The proposed Santee Cooper plant near Florence South Carolina has moved one step closer to becoming a reality. On Thursday (Feb 12th) the utility convinced a majority of the state’s Dept. of Health and Environmental Control Board Members that they had met all the legal requirements for an air pollution permit. The Board voted 4-2 in favor of the permit.
There is more work to be done, however. Santee Cooper still requires a "federal wetlands permit, state water quality certification and several
other state environmental permits before it can begin work." That process could take several months at a minimum.
On Monday, December 22, a dike failed at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant releasing about 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash that now cover about 275 acres. No injuries occurred, but about 40 area homes were affected. TVA and Roane County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security responded immediately, and response and recovery
This is the opening segment from a TVA fact sheet with information on the recent ash spill in Tennessee.
To help our members and the public better understand the spill or access up to date information on the clean up efforts, we are providing links to the TVA website and the site of our sister organization, The American Coal Ash Association.
Recent comments have been attributed to Senator Obama regarding the implementation of a cap and trade system for carbon dioxide emissions, that could "bankrupt" the coal industry or those who plan to build coal-fueled generation plants.
As a non-partisan organization, the American Coal Council does not take positions on the outcome of the election. Nor do we lobby for the implementation of specific policies or legislation.
It is extremely important, however, for both candidates to recognize the value and stability that the coal industry provides for our economy. "Bankrupting" the source of half of our electrical power would have profound negative economic, social, and environmental impacts.
Coal currently provides half of our domestic electricity supply. It does so at rates well below most other competing energy sources. "Bankrupting" one of our nation’s most abundant and affordable, energy resources would cause rapid increases in energy costs for main street and our nation’s businesses. Additionally, tens of thousands of jobs would be lost in our mining, utility, and related service industries.
The ACC believes that this issue points to the continuing need to educate policy makers on the pivitol role that coal plays in our economy.
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy has released their latest radio ad that discusses the concerns and interests of American voters.
You can see their other ads on the ACCCE website.
Last September we reported in the Coalblog about former Vice President Al Gore’s calls for young people to engage in civil disobedience as a means of stopping the construction of new coal plants.
We are now treating the Earth’s atmosphere as an open sewer … I can’t understand why there aren’t rings of young people blocking
bulldozers … and preventing them from constructing
coal-fired power plants.
In that post we also noted how NASA climate scientist James Hansen
continued in his moves further into a more extreme activist form of
"science" by joining Gore in his calls for direct action.
It seems to me that young people, especially, should be doing whatever
is necessary to block construction of dirty (no CCS) coal-fired power
At the September 24th meeting for the Clinton Global Initiative, the former Vice President upped the ante by once again calling for civil disobediance and direct action against new coal-fueled plants.
This Popular Mechanics article describes the Chrysler company’s plans to have at least three models of EV (electric vehicle) in production and for sale by 2010.
According to this Wonk Room (Think Progress) blog posting, Senator and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, stated — at a September 17, 2008 campaign stop — that the Obama campaign was "not supporting clean coal."
That comment came when Biden answered a question from an environmental activist in the crowd about energy options for the country. In response, he clearly stated his strong support of renewable energy technologies like solar and wind and then moved on to attack coal as "dirty" and claimed it was "causing people to die." He made it abundantly clear that he was "not supporting clean coal."
A Sept 17, Globe & Mail, Report on Business article (by Globe Reporter
Neil Reynolds) provides an interesting look into the subsidies provided to various forms of energy in the U.S. Reporting statistics on energy subsidies from the April 2008 EIA study "Federal Financial Interventions & Subsidies in Energy Markets 2007", Reynolds questions the textbook rules for economics since, despite substantial subsidies, renewable energies still make up a minor portion of our generation capacity.
Posted as a service to American Coal Council (ACC) members, site visitors, and the ACAA
the current director Mr. David C. Goss pursues retirement, the
American Coal Ash Association, a 501(c) 6 organization is searching
for a new Executive Director who would lead both the Association and
its Educational Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization. The ACAA,
established in 1967, represents 122 member companies who comprise a
multi-billion-dollar industry and are united to promote and increase
the use of Coal Combustion Products or “CCPs.”
Executive Director will advise and serve the Board of Directors with
respect to the strategic direction, policies, operations and
activities of the Association. Responsibilities include, but are not
limited to: developing an annual program plan and budget that
supports achieving ACAA’s mission; hiring and managing key
professional personnel; maintaining the Association and Foundation’s
non-profit status; working with officers and committee chairs to
develop and support programs in the areas of technical standards,
communications and marketing, government relations, membership,
education, outreach, and research. This person will serve as the
primary spokesperson and maintain positive relationships among staff
and all stakeholders including other associations, industry,
government agencies, public service organizations, vendors, news
media, and others as necessary. The Executive Director also serves as
President of the ACAA Educational Foundation and works with the
foundation’s Board of Directors. The Association is an equal
opportunity employer located in Aurora (Denver), Colorado
Duke Energy held a celebration ceremony to mark the start of contstruction on its Edwardsport IGCC plant. While site prepartation for the $2.35 billion plant began shortly after the plant’s permits and approvals were all in place, this celebration was held to "mark the unofficial start of construction."